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The authors of the letter laid out their reasons why Mykolaiv Oblast police seem to be contributing to the region’s crime problems, not fighting them. These include lack of professionalism, nepotism at the top, as well as a sense of impunity for taking part in crimes and cover-ups.

There are plenty of names and individual facts laid out in the anonymous letter, and the probability is high that they are true. In the past few years, the level of trust towards Ukraine’s police force dropped to a critically low point – and there are good reasons for it.

It is men in uniform that have dispersed peaceful street demonstrations. Dressed in another uniform, road inspectors engage in extortion. In fact, anyone walking down the street is in danger at any time, day or night, of being forced to fork over cash.

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